Calling Derek Carr’s fourth-quarter interception in the end zone a “painful turnover” in Oakland’s 28-20 loss at the Miami Dolphins, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said his quarterback might have also been “too aggressive” with the play Sunday.
“I think, at times, he’s trying too hard,” Gruden said of Carr in his weekly media conference Monday. “But we’ll talk about that extensively here in the next couple hours. But I thought he played really good under some very tough circumstances.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping
“I think sometimes he needs to learn a little more patience and I think he will. But I’m really excited about the way that he has played and improved and mastered this offense. We’re getting closer. That was a painful turnover. We will address that, and we’ll make the corrections.”
On the play in question, the Raiders, who were trailing 21-17, were at the Dolphins’ 13-yard line with 3 minutes to play and had been gouging the hosts on the ground.
And though it was first-and-10, Carr threw a jump ball to Martavis Bryant in the left corner of the end zone. With Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, who ran right past backup right tackle T.J. Clemmings’ attempted cut block, closing in for a big hit, Carr’s pass was underthrown. Xavien Howard beat Bryant to the ball and hauled it in for his second pick of the day.
Carr said after the game he would call the same play again.
“I just saw one-on-one with Martavis,” Carr said at the time. “Obviously, he was hot and he was doing some good things. I just gave him a chance, just like I have a hundred other times in my life. They ended up making a good play. It sucks, right? The outcome sucks, but I think, going back through in my head, getting one-on-one with that guy, I’d probably have to do it again.”
Carr’s other interception came on another first down, Oakland’s first play of the possession, this one from the Raiders’ 41-yard line in the first quarter. Carr threw a deep ball to Amari Cooper on a seeming scramble drill. Cooper, though, gave up on the route and Howard was there to haul in the pick.
“Terrible but not down,” was how Carr described his postgame mood.china nike nfl jerseys cheap
“Trust me, I know how to deal with adversity, and you don’t do it by going in the dumps and stop working hard and give up. That’s what I think soft people do and that’s not what this team is. And that’s not the way I was raised.
“When things get hard, when life gets hard, you put your head down and you grind and you make sure whatever you can do, you do better. And that’s all. That’s it.”
Gruden, meanwhile, is feeling the heat from an 0-3 start to his second Raiders coaching tenure after spending the past nine years in ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth.